Pope Francis's highly anticipated two-day visit to Egypt finally happened.
After months of speculation around whether the visit would eventually take place amid numerous security concerns, the Pontiff arrived in the country on Friday.
The visit came during a year that has been incredibly difficult for Egypt's Christian Coptic minority. The community has suffered a series of terrorist attacks on Christian villages and Churches. The latest attack, a twin suicide Church bombing, left at least 49 people dead.
The Pope's short trip was packed with official meetings, tours and of course an open-air mass.
Here are a few highlights of his visit:
1. He signed a Baptism recognition agreement with Pope Tawdaros
During a meeting with Egypt's Pope Tawdros II, both religious figures signed an agreement stating that The Roman Catholic Church and the Coptic Orthodox Church will now recognize the baptisms conducted by each other.
In a joint statement both Pope Francis and Tawadros II said that they “will seek sincerely not to repeat the baptism that has been administered in either of our Churches for any person who wishes to join the other.”
2. He met with the Grand Imam of Al Azhar
The Pope also attended a peace conference hosted by Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al Azhar mosque.
The two religious figures embraced and spoke of unity between Muslims and Christians.
Speaking at the conference, Pope Francis also said that "religious leaders must denounce violations of human rights and expose attempts to justify violence and hatred in the name of God."
3. He met with Egypt's President, Abdel Fatal al-Sisi
Receiving the Pope at the Itihadeya presidential palace, al-Sisi welcomed him with a speech, saying that his visit to the country was "historic" and confirms common belief "in the values of the Abrahamic religions, which oppose violence and destruction among human beings."
4. He raised Guilio Regeni's case with Egypt's President
On his way back from Egypt and during an inflight press conference on April 29, Pope Francis announced that he had raised the case of tortured Italian student Guilio Regeni with Egypt’s president.
While he didn't provide further details on the matter, he affirmed that he made a move on the case. “The Holy See has moved. I will not say how or where, but we have moved,” he said.
Regeni had gone missing in Egypt in January of 2016. His body was found in a dump in 6 October City, nine days after his disappearance.
5. He marvelled at the Nile
6. He held an open-air mass
Despite security concerns, Pope Francis wrapped up his two day visit with a symbolic "mass of peace" on Saturday.
The mass was attended by around 15,000 Christian Egyptians.
Greeting people with "Peace be with you," in Arabic, he continued in Italian saying, "true faith leads us to protect the rights of others with the same zeal and enthusiasm with which we defend our own."